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image SM Adam volume 13/29

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SM Adam volume 13/29


[32] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the back drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central rosette, enclosed within an oval fan, and oval frames of cable moulding, connected enclosed rosettes, and festoons, and encircled by medallions, and the whole is set within a lobed octagonal frame, with a fan inset between each lobe


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Cieling of the back Drawing room at No. 5 Royal Terrace Adelphi / (and in pencil) D:Y: Body of building over front 1 House next east wing / back room / 5 House and some measurements given

Signed and dated


Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green and cerulean blue within a single ruled border on laid paper (516 x 442)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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